Community-Building: Our response to failure.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Luke 22:32

But I have prayed for you Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.


Failure—it’s a part of life. We fail to be the kind of person we hope to be. We fail to do a  job. We fail in so many ways. And we don’t like failure. It doesn’t make us feel good. In fact it makes us feel really, really bad. But failure can be a positive experience. As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

One mistake that we make is to get failure mixed up with our identity. Instead of thinking “I failed,” we think “I am a failure.” Yes, we do fail, but that doesn’t make us failures. It’s important to remember, “Failure is an event, never a person” (William D. Brown, Welcome Stress!).”  

Failure is a part of our human condition.  But aside from all the feel-good quotes regarding failure that we can find, the greatest benefit of failure is when it drives us to God in confession, repentance, and hope. What is your response to failure? Do you let it become your identity? Do you let it discourage you from trying again? Or, do you turn to God for help and hope? Our memory verse for this week is so encouraging. Jesus prays for us, and that is something that will never fail.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What is Liz applying for?
A. Camp Hollywood, a summer camp for kids who make videos.

Q. Where does Liz post Scooter’s wipe out on his bike?
A. Feats of Failure web site.

Q. What is Julia working on?
A. Getting a good grade on her math test.

Q. Who does Lucille point to as the biggest failure in the Bible?
A. Peter, when he denies he knows Jesus.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Does God ever fail?


No, the Bible tells us that God’s love, faithfulness, and promises never fail. (See 1 Chronicles 28:20; Psalm 89: 28; Isaiah 51: 6; Lamentations 3: 22, 23; 1 Corinthians 13: 8)


Have you failed at something recently? Talk about it with your parents and see how you responded to the failure. Did you give up? Did you try again? Do you need to apologize?
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